Taking down my Lionel Postwar 027 Layout

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Taking down my Lionel Postwar 027 Layout
Posted by dsmith on Sunday, June 17, 2018 3:42 PM

Thirteen years ago I embarked on a fun, education, wonderful and rewarding journey into model trains.  I collected, planned, built, wired, and operated a Lionel Postwar 027 layout.  But now, we are moving and the layout must come down.  Although I am sad to see it go, I am not discouraged as I look back at all the enjoyment I've experienced in this wonderful hobby.  So, I am looking forward to building a new layout at our new home in the not too distant future.

I have learned so much over the years about layout planning/construction, collecting, wiring and operating and much of that knowledge came from reading every issue of CTT magazine that I could get my hands on.

Here is a slideshow of the take down:

Here is another slideshow I made in 2013 showing how the layout gradually evolved over several years as I built, collected and gained knowledge.

  David from Dearborn  

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Posted by rtraincollector on Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:40 PM

All great empires eventually must come down, for a newer and better empire. 

Thanks for sharing

Life's hard, even harder if your stupid  John Wayne


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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, June 17, 2018 6:44 PM

Now you get to have the fun of doing something new!  Big Smile

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Posted by V8Vega on Monday, June 18, 2018 10:08 AM

I've seen your vidios of you operating your trains, very enjoyable and well done, especally the one on operating two trains on the same track.

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Posted by thesiding on Monday, June 18, 2018 4:41 PM

Tis always a shame when these have to come down  Sawon only last week abd if not for my place looking like Charles Foster Kane's place         I wish I COULD have gotten as far as you did sure as Hell have almost everything to build               SOMETHING


Least you WILL rebuild it the way it was OR better as opposed to letting it go




Good Luck on your new  endeavor

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Posted by watinva on Monday, June 18, 2018 5:22 PM
David Always enjoyed your layout and youtube videos about Lionel and Marx trains. Thank you for sharing your layout and your knowledge. I am sure your new layout will be even better and look forward to seeing it. Good Luck to you in your move to your new home. Dean
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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 5:50 AM

Recently, I've been there; done that.  No regrets beginning all over.

I have always enjoyed your videos, Dave.  Your layout is way more "portable" than my old one.  What will be its disposition?

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Posted by Tootle on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 1:54 PM

Dave, just want to say "Thanks" for sharing your layouts, ideas and creations over the years.  Looking forward to more of the same as your new empire takes shape.

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Posted by The Gnome on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:36 PM

David, your layout is jam packed with good stuff.  And you did not need an acre of space.  Inspiring!

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Posted by dsmith on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 5:18 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind compliments on my layout.  I have had a fun time over the past dozen years, learning, collecting postwar, designing, building, operating, sharing information on the train forums, writing articles for CTT and OGR and posting train videos on YouTube.  I am still inspired by the wonderful world of toy trains and certainly plan on a new and improved layout in the not too distant future.  I'll be sure to keep you posted.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:13 PM

And your Christmas layouts are great fun too!  Big Smile

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Posted by AF53 on Saturday, June 30, 2018 8:26 PM

Dave, like others here I have enjoyed your layouts and videos for many years. I, like you, are experiencing a move and I have taken down my layout all but the table and a loop of track just to run a few more times before we move. It is bitter sweet but extremely amazing and amazing at how much work was put into this layout and how much work it is to take it apart carefully. But like you I look forward to the future and a bigger, if possible and better layout. Thanks again!


Bayville, NJ


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While you're busy making other plans - John Lennon

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Posted by bobhwalker on Sunday, July 01, 2018 3:22 PM

When running two trains on the same track were you using something similar to my approach in the Oct. 2007 CTT? Just curious.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:20 PM

Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed your videos! The " Double Headed Postwar Steam " is inspiring, and quite addicting. Some times I've watched more than once in a sitting .We are in the throws of moving, as well. while it must be difficult to dismantle what is complete, and has brought so much joy, to you and many others, there is an excitement that comes with a " clean slate" .

And, like an artist with a blank canvas, the opportunity to explore is wonderful. I hope you look forward as much as I do.


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